Tag Archives: corrections

The Line: Serving Parole In Prison

February 2, 2018 – In New Mexico, many prison inmates remain incarcerated despite being eligible for parole because they are waiting for a bed in a residential treatment program or halfway house. Inmates may also be held past their eligible parole date due to incomplete paperwork and administrative backlogs. For some, this “in-house parole” may last their entire parole term. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the problem and debate possible solutions.

Associated Press Article by Mary Hudetz – New Mexico holds hundreds of people in prison past their release date

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator

The Cost of Being Tough on Crime

New Mexico in Focus (gavel)

Feb. 3, 2017— After a year of high-profile violent crime in New Mexico, Gov. Martinez urged lawmakers to get tough on crime this session, pushing for stiffer sentences, expanding three-strikes rules and calling for reinstatement of the death penalty. But many Democrats, who control the House and Senate, say we can’t afford to keep putting people behind bars. This week the state Senate voted to require all changes to sentencing to go through an analysis of how they’ll impact the amount we spend on corrections. This week on New Mexico in Focus we explore how much it costs to get tougher on crime.

Sen. Cisco McSorley is a Democrat from Albuquerque. A lawyer, he is asking the Legislature to re-form a subcommittee to look at criminal justice reform and report back to the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, on which he serves.

Steven Robert Allen is the director of public policy for ACLU-NM, which advocates for reform of the state’s criminal law system and is a member of the NM SAFE coalition.

 Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, is co-sponsoring with Sen. Bill O’Niell, D-Albuquerque, a bill that would “ban the box,” or prevent employers from asking about criminal convictions at the first stage of the hiring process.

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